Aquaman #0

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 26, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 6
7.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Its the first appearance of Atlantis and Aquamans first encounter with Atlanteans! How will this story of Arthurs past set the stage for his future? Find out here!

  • 10
    Entertainment Fuse - Dave Berg Sep 28, 2012

    Aquaman seems to be one of the break-out characters of The New 52. The relaunch has set him on a new, familiar but uncharted course. This has been a long time in coming. Things are finally starting to fall into place for Aquaman. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Book Syndicate - Will Cox Sep 28, 2012

    Aquaman has continued to impress me in how Ivan and Rod Reis are able compliment the artwork and colors. I especially look forward to Aquaman for the vivid underwater scenes, that these artists provide us. Particularly the shark scene in this issue that demonstrates Arthur's vulnerability. Overall it was a great issue, it just might be a while before we are given the complete story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Sep 27, 2012

    I've already said all that needs to be said about Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. Their collaboration on this title has produced some of the finest art in recent memory. As they shift over to Justice League, beginning a few issues from now, they will be leaving some very big boots to fill. I can't praise them enough. I'm giving this issue a 9/10, with only it's brevity preventing it from earning a perfect 10. Otherwise, comics don't get much better than this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 27, 2012

    Not much else to say that wouldn't give away too much, but it's an excellent issue and a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn more about DC's premiere undersea hero. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Jason Bowles Sep 29, 2012

    If I have one complaint or critique, it's just that this is a vignette. There's a structure to it and the developments and additions are invaluable, but… what happens next?! When will we find out? This is a special issue, slightly apart from the regular series. When will we find out what else happened to Arthur in Atlantis? Let's hope there's a follow-up annual or something coming down the pike. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 29, 2012

    At once tender and mythical, it seems Johns has found the exact tone needed to make Aquaman special. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Oct 1, 2012

    Reis and Prado's art here is beautiful. The underwater panels are where this issue shines with some really great scenery enhanced greatly by the coloring of Rod Reis. The last page splash was breathtaking, I sat there for a few minutes looking at it, allowing my eyes to take in all the wonderful detail. Aquaman has received a lot of praise from reviewers, this issue is a great example why. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 26, 2012

    While this issue doesn't give Aquaman fans everything they want to read in a 0 issue, it's a fantastic start. There's just too much to tell and not enough time to tell it. My biggest complaint was that I wanted more because this issue's ending is premature. I want this to go another 20 pages. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 26, 2012

    Aquaman #0 is a visual marvel, but it's not a wholly effective flashback tale. The methodical pace is destroyed in the final pages when Arthur encounters a helpful new friend who proceeds to explain, at great length, the history of Atlantis, Arthur's birth, and the fate of his mother. It's a lot of exposition to hit the reader all at once. Nor does the issue offer a very satisfying or conclusive ending. Instead, the final pages read more like a giant tease for what's coming up in the near future. Perhaps the main flaw with Aquaman #0 is that this story deserved more space than one, lone issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Sep 27, 2012

    All things considered there isnt much to say about this issue. Its the start of an origin story that, presumably, is going to be continued at some point. The issue is fine, just very disappointing that it had to interrupt an established, and excellent, story arc. I understand what DC was trying to do with Zero Month, but the most outstanding comic to me, was Justice League, which ironically, carried on a previous story arc instead of back-pedaling for a one-off story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Crux - Tatiana Christian May 10, 2013

    I've never read Aquaman before this, but I'm not sure this was a good introduction to the character. Maybe the series is better over the long-term versus individual issues; I'm interested enough in Aquaman the character to keep reading. But I'd only recommend this issue if you're a fan of Johns' writing, and have been following Aquaman since the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Sep 27, 2012

    Aquaman is one of those titles I collect, that I’m never sure I should drop or not. I really enjoy each and every issue, but sometimes I feel conflicted and I think to myself “It’s good, but is it good enough to keep? Are there better titles out there?” Sure there is, but for now it’s a keeper. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Sep 29, 2012

    Well, this was a average story. Which is something good in Zero Month with all the other stories I've read and haven't enjoyed. Nothing amazing happened, and we didn't really learn much, besides learning of Orm. The stuff with Orm can be interesting, we've been to that well before but I can't say I mind seeing Orm pop up here. Besides that, this was a slow issue, nothing bad but nothing amazing either. Just average and used for the purpose of setting up future storylines, which I have no problem with at all. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Sep 27, 2012

    A year ago when “Aquaman” #1 came out, it was an easily missed opportunity to show off the heroic talents of Aquaman when Johns chose to write a story about how no one could respect the character no matter how hard he tried. Now, a year later with “Aquaman” #0, not too much is changed — nobody really cares about Aquaman, and we're given half a story that barely goes to inform who the character is today.If that's worth $2.99 to you, then by all means. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 29, 2012

    If youre a new reader,Aquamanisnt a bad comic. Its perfect to jump onto, and its nice to look at. The story may be lacking some critical elements, so keep in mind while most ofAquamanisnt great, the rest of the series is still solid. Let this be a quick taste of whats to come for the rest of Johns great superhero work. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Sep 27, 2012

    "Aquaman" #0 runs the foul play of too many other #0 issues by acting as more of a guide and wiki instead of a tale that will draw the reader in. These #0 issues shouldn't try to wow an audience with the dense history of the characters, they should attempt to woo readers in with the types of storytelling only comics can do so well. This issue feels more like the kind of free bag-filler you find handed out at shows or shoehorned into other publications. Like those issues, this one will be summarily ignored and with good reason. Read Full Review

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